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Friday, December 2, 2022

Rina: Online child porn on the rise, parents urged to monitor their children more

NewsRina: Online child porn on the rise, parents urged to monitor their...

There has been an increase in Internet protocol (IP) addresses registered in the country that is suspected of sharing child pornography, says Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.

According to Rina, the police have recorded 106,764 IP addresses involved in such heinous activities from 2017 up until August this year.

She said this is a worrying and shocking number and the ministry takes this issue seriously.

“My ministry views this trend as unhealthy development, especially as it involves a vulnerable group. Exposure to child pornography can lead to sex addiction, which can eventually lead to other sexual issues,” she said, reported Bernama.

In an effort to combat this issue, she said her ministry will be running campaigns to help and guide children, parents, and the community to deal with the current challenges posed by all sorts of cyber crimes.

The campaign will have these main objectives:

  • to increase children’s understanding of using social media wisely and safely,
  • highlight the dangers of unmonitored social media,
  • raise awareness among parents and the public regarding the use of social media among children.

Rina also shared the statistics of sexual offences involving children from January to June this year, where the police received 47 cases of gang rape, unnatural sex (95 cases), incest (127 cases), obscenity (438 cases) and rape (641 cases).

Meanwhile, she also urged parents to play their role in protecting their children by monitoring their use of the Internet to prevent them from becoming victims of sexual predators.

“Recently, we were surprised by the Litmatch application, which was abused by immoral individuals who used it as access to reach out to children and invite them to engage in obscene communication, or to attempt sexual grooming,” she said.

“Once again, I urge everyone to collaborate with us, to unite and help in our fight against online sexual crime.”

“We need to protect our children,” she said.

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